Gobind urges telcos to provide cheaper broadband

Gobind says he will take immediate action to rectify problems faced by broadband users.

PETALING JAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (pic) has urged local telecommunication companies to provide cheaper broadband services for Malaysians and increase the speed of its services.

Gobind lauded Telekom Malaysia's (TM) move to reduce prices while increasing the speed of its broadband services.

TM unveiled a new entry-level broadband-only plan that is priced at RM79 per month and is exclusive for those with household monthly income of below RM4,500.

The telecommunications company also announced plans to provide higher speeds for existing subscribers at no additional cost.

"I welcome the effort by TM to reduce prices while increasing the speed of its broadband offerings," said Gobind.

"This is in line with Pakatan Harapan Government's policy to provide greater Internet services with higher speeds and quality broadband to all," he said in a statement on Friday.

Gobind called upon other telcos to come up with proposals on how they can reduce price and increase the speed of their broadband services.

"I hope they too will make efforts to realise PH government's push for more affordable and improved quality Internet services in Malaysia," he said.

Gobind said that TM's new packages will benefit Unifi users and areas that have access to its services.

"I have also asked TM to consider extending new and improved price packages to all sectors of society as opposed to just the targeted groups," he said.

Gobind said that he would also discuss the complaints from Streamyx users with TM.

Among the issues raised by Streamyx users include the need to replace copper cables with optical fibre connectivity to enable Streamyx users to migrate to Unifi.

"TM is currently working on these matters and will announce their proposals soon," he said.

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